May 14, 2014

MRMC offers tips on preventing injuries from falls

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – According to the Centers for Disease Control one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and two million of those are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries annually. Maury Regional Medical Center wants to help seniors reduce the risk of long-term consequences of fall injuries such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

“At Maury Regional we have a team that concentrates efforts on preventing falls here. In your homes, seniors and family members can do several things to help reduce the risk of falling. Falls do not have to be an inevitable consequence of aging,” said Administrative Director Carey Albright.

Prevention Tips: 

  • Exercise – Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs that increase the chances of falling. Exercise programs can increase strength and improve balance.
  • Medications – Some medicines or combinations of medicines can have side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Having your doctor or pharmacist review the medications you are taking can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions.
  • Keep Your Vision Sharp – Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. Have your eyes checked regularly and be sure to wear glasses or contacts with the correct prescription.
  • Eliminate Hazards At Home – About half of all falls happen in the home. Perform a safety check to be sure potential tripping hazards are removed and lighting is adequate for you to see well.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use strong double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to the toilet.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets that you can easily reach without a step stool.
  • Wear shoes inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.

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